'Kashmir 'cornerstone' of Pak foreign policy'

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Yousuf Raza Gilani
Islamabad, Aug 2: Terming the Kashmir issue as a 'cornerstone' of country's foreign policy, Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said his government is 'vigorously' pursuing the issue.

Speaking in the Lower House of parliament, Gilani said the government fully supported the cause of the Kashmiri people.

Responding to a point of order raised by Kashmir Committee Chairman Fazlur Rehman, Gilani said he would direct government officials and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi to be available for briefings of the parliamentary special committee on Kashmir.

Rehman urged the government to give a parliamentary status to the Kashmir committee, the Daily Times reports.

Islamabad has been pushing for resolving the Kashmir issue in line with the UN Security Council resolutions and the aspirations of the Kashmiris.

On Wednesday, Pakistan's Minister for Kashmir Affairs, Qamar Zaman Kaira, said that neither his country nor the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) would compromise with India on the Kashmir issue.

Kaira, who is also Pakistan's Information and Broadcasting Minister, expressed these views in a meeting with Sardar Ali Shahnawaz Khan, advisor to chairman of Christian Democratic Party in Oslo, Norway.

The Kashmir dispute has been a part of UN deliberations since 1948. Pakistan has demanded that the dispute be resolved as per the UN resolutions of 1948 and 1949. India, however, maintains that these resolutions are being wrongly interpreted by Islamabad.

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